Gastroenterology/GERD and bloating


Hi doctor.
I recently went off my prescription GERD medication, Omneprazole, for budgetary reasons. A few weeks later, the bloating and indigestion that I frequently get, got even worse. At first I thought it was IBS, but now I am thinking it is tied to the removal of the Omneprazole? Thanks for your thoughts!

Dear Susan,

You have the typical rebound effect after suddenly stop of the taking acid suppressors. Presence of stomach acid normally causes shutting down the valve between esophagus and stomach. Taking acid suppressors more than two weeks blocks this mechanism. If this valve is open, even normal amount of the stomach acid may lead to heartburn.

Second, due to anti microbial and anti fungal activity, stomach acid is a gate that does not allow the harmful microorganisms go into small intestine, where digestion occur. Acid suppressors badly influence on the beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth usually manifests by gas, bloating, indigestion.
Sorry, I do not believe in IBS, it is “garbage can” when the exactly diagnosis is unknown. The culprit of IBS is dysbiosis (SIBO-small intestine bacterial overgrowth or Candida-yeast overgrowth).

Last, removing Omeprazole needs the supervision of the doctor or medical professional that has experience with that.

You asked my thoughts after your information. The mainstream doctors do not agree with it, but my decades of the treatment of digestive disorders and my EBook” Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You” medically prove it.

Have good health.

Peter Melamed. Ph.D.
Biotherapy Clinic in San Francisco
Phone: (415) 409-3939
Fax: (415) 409-3909


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I can answer all questions about digestive health, especially in focus on the non-drug, non-surgery treatment. It includes healing diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, healing mineral water, abdominal massage, and cleansing techniques. All these practices are widely used by gastroenterologists all over the world.


This is my everyday job at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco. I have decades of the experience of working as an MD in ICU, outpatient department and privet practice. I have helped many of my patients with the chronic digestive disorders by using the non-drug, non-knife approach for the 20 years.

I published many articles on internet about gastrointestinal disorders. 1. Peter Melamed, Ph.D., Felix Melamed, LAc, MSTCM. EBook Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You. Publisher Biotherapy, Inc, September 2014 2. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas. JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2014 Nov 28; 15(6): 552-560 3. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Short Review of Our Work - "Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas" with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2015 Jul 08; 16(4):365-368 4. Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS. Acidity Kills the Pancreas. Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. August/September 2015, p. 74-80 5. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. The Role of the Metabolic Acidosis in the Development of Chronic Pancreatitis. SM Group (USA) Chronic Pancreatitis: Recent Advances. 2015, Aug 10

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